Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes this book as a “journey to explore the relationship of stereotypes about Jews and money to realities.”
As we join him on this journey, we are reminded about centuries-old prejudices and shown how contradictory they often are. Our tour begins in biblical times and takes us to the present where we encounter Bernie Madoff and Louis Farrakhan as well as others who fan the flames of anti-Semitism, particularly during times of economic hardship.
Foxman warns his readers that given the power of the internet, TV, and mass communication in general, “everyone has a megaphone” and is thus able to rapidly spread the poison of anti-Semitism throughout the world. Moreover, he warns that much of socalled “Jewish humor,” while often pretending to be self-deprecating, is “not so funny” after all and actually reinforces negative stereotypes.
Finally, the author calls on us all not to remain silent in the face of prejudice and shows us ways in which we can actively fight against it.